Refuting the Atheist-Hitler Myth

Refuting the Atheist-Hitler Myth

I am very tired of theists attempting to poison the well of atheism by erroneously asserting that Hitler was an atheist.  Even if he was an atheist, such a fallacious claim would fail to demonstrate that atheism (a lack of belief in gods) was responsible for any of the atrocities committed by Hitler.  Yet, as will be clearly and unequivocally established, Christianity played a pivotal part in the heinous atrocities committed against the Jewish people in World War II.

Hitler was a Christian.  This undeniable fact couldn’t be made any clearer than by his own confessions.  Yet, I will not merely present you with these testimonies, as damning as they happen to be on their own, but I also intend on furnishing you with a brief history of the inherent anti-Semitism of the Christian religion.  I will do so to demonstrate beyond any reasonable doubt that Hitler and his Christian Nazi Party were acting in complete concordance with traditional Christian anti-Semitism.

To begin, here are just a few of Hitler’s Christian confessions:

“Besides that, I believe one thing: there is a Lord God! And this Lord God creates the peoples.”  [1]    ~Adolf Hitler

 “We were convinced that the people need and require this faith. We have therefore undertaken the fight against the atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical declarations; we have stamped it out” [2]   ~Adolf Hitler

My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter.  It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth!  was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter.  In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders.  How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison.  To-day, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross.  As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice…For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people.” [3]

“The greatness of Christianity did not arise from attempts to make compromises with those philosophical opinions of the ancient world which had some resemblance to its own doctrine, but in the unrelenting and fanatical proclamation and defense of its own teaching.” [4]

“His [the Jew’s] life is of this world only and his mentality is as foreign to the true spirit of Christianity as is character was foreign to the great Founder of this new creed two thousand years ago. And the Founder of Christianity made no secret indeed of His estimation of the Jewish people. When He found it necessary He drove those enemies of the human race out of the Temple of God; because then, as always, they used religion as a means of advancing their commercial interests. But at that time Christ was nailed to the Cross for his attitude towards the Jews…” [5]

Over and above these solid testimonies, there are other equally strong pieces of evidence that indicate that Hitler was a Christian, like the fact that his soldiers all wore the slogan, ‘Gott Mit Uns’ (God with us) on their belts, that his birthday was “celebrated from the pulpits until his death,” as Hitchens so eloquently put it, and that the Nazis published their own slightly revised Christian bible. [6] As the late great Hitchens has already addressed many of these uncomfortable facts, I would now like to move onto an assessment of the Nazi’s horrendous treatment of the Jews in light of Christian history.

Christian anti-Semitism (From the Beginning of the Christian Era)

“His blood be upon us [Jews] and our children”  ~“Matthew” 27:25

Prior to Constantine’s legitimization of the Christian religion in the fourth century, Christian anti-Semitism was confined to the canonical and non-canonical works of Christian authors and Church fathers.  From the fifth century onward, the fantasies of the ante-Nicene fathers began to manifest into brutal violence.

In the first volume of my three volume book series, (I Am Christ), I trace the concentration camps of World War II all the way back to the Gospel of “John.”  In that book, I said:

From all of the evidence available in the volumes of historical works, both Christian and non-Christian, it is clear that there is an unbroken chain of hatred, intolerance, and racism toward the Jews, which began with “John’s” Gospel (see also the Synoptic gospels) and continued all the way down into the twentieth century, ending with Hitler’s bloody campaign against the Church’s most despised enemies. [7]

More than a few bible scholars have made mention of the virulent anti-Semitism of John’s gospel.   This anonymous and falsely named piece of work goes beyond its synoptic counterparts (Matthew, Mark and Luke) to directly accuse the Jewish people of being the “sons of Satan” (John 8:44), thereby demonizing the Jewish people and opening the door to a millennia of Jewish suffering at the hands of credulous Christian maniacs.

In Porter’s Dictionary of Biblical Criticism and Interpretation, Porter notes:

…particularly within the post-Holocaust growing sensitivity to the history and consequences of Christian anti-Judaism, has been the concern about the anti-Judaism or even (potential) anti-Semitism of the [John’s] Gospel; its characteristic antithetical use of ‘the Jews’ (NB 8:34–47), hardly neutralized by appeals to 3:16 and 4:22, has earned it the epithet ‘the father of the anti-Semitism of the Christians’: (Bieringer 2001). [8]

Some scholars have sought to make sense of the anti-Semitic rhetoric in John by way of a historical exegesis of the text.  At around the time John was written, toward the end of the first century, Christians were being expelled from the Synagogues for the heresy of worshipping a false messiah. [9] It was at this moment in history, many speculate, Christianity broke completely away from its parent religion, Judaism.

In Robert Kysar’s Voyages with John, he enunciates the anti-Semitism within the Johannine community and also looks at some of the theories that have sought to explain the context of the origins of anti-Jewish racism amongst Christians in general, saying:

Over twelve years ago Samuel Sandmel correctly observed, “John is widely regarded as either the most anti-Semitic or at least the most overtly anti-Semitic of the gospels.” Little has been done to ameliorate that harsh judgment since it was first written.  While efforts have been made to soften the impact of the tone of John when it comes to Jews and Judaism, the fact remains that a reading of the gospel tends to confirm Sandmel’s judgment. Still, recent theories for understanding the historical setting of the writing of the Fourth Gospel do offer some ways of interpreting the harshness with which the gospel treats Jews and Judaism. Such theories do not change the tone of the gospel but offer a way of explaining that tone. [10]

The historical setting Kysar was referring to pertained to the expulsion of the Johannine Christians from the Synagogues, as he explains in the following words:

An increasingly clear picture emerges from all these studies grounded in the hypothesis that the gospel was written in response to the exclusion of the Johannine church from the synagogue and the subsequent dialogue between these two religious parties. The subject of the picture is a defensive and threatened Christian community, attempting to reshape its identity isolated from the synagogue and its Jewish roots. [11]

But Christian anti-Semitism cannot be laid solely on the shoulders of the anonymous author of John, as the passion narratives contained in all four gospels were also co-conspirators in the crimes committed against Jewish families.  To illustrate this fact we have the testimonies of various Church fathers.

“He (Jesus Christ) made known the one and only true God, His Father, and underwent the passion, and endured the cross at the hands of the Christ-killing Jews…” [12]          ~Ignatius of Antioch (2nd Century Apostolic Father)

Further, the second century Church father and apologist Justin Martyr, in his Dialogue with the Jewish philosopher Trypho, said:

“For other nations have not inflicted on us and on Christ this wrong to such an extent as you have, who in very deed are the authors of the wicked prejudice against the Just One, and us who hold by Him. For after that you had crucified Him, the only blameless and righteous Man,– through whose stripes those who approach the Father by Him are healed, –when you knew that He had risen from the dead and ascended to heaven, as the prophets foretold He would, you not only did not repent of the wickedness which you had committed…” [13]

Going into the fifth Christian century, the racism of the Church continued with Pope Leo “the Great,” who, in an Easter Sermon on the Passion of Christ, exhorted:

 “And when morning was come all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.” This morning, O ye Jews, was for you not the rising, but the setting of the sun, nor did the wonted daylight visit your eyes, but a night of blackest darkness brooded on your naughty hearts. This morning overthrew for you the temple and its altars, did away with the Law and the Prophets, destroyed the Kingdom and the priesthood, turned all your feasts into eternal mourning.  For ye resolved on a mad and bloody counsel, ye “fat bulls,” ye “many oxen,” ye “roaring” wild beasts, ye rabid “dogs,” to give up to death the Author of life and the LORD of glory; and, as if the enormity of your fury could be palliated by employing the verdict of him, who ruled your province, you lead Jesus bound to Pilate’s judgment, that the terror-stricken judge being overcome by your persistent shouts, you might choose a man that was a murderer for pardon, and demand the crucifixion of the Saviour of the world.” [14]

Also in the fifth century, John Chrysostom, a most vile and capricious Church father, in his work, Orations Against The Jews, wrote:

And the Jews are more savage than any highwaymen; they do greater harm to those who have fallen among them. They did not strip off their victim’s clothes nor inflict wounds on his body as did those robbers on the road to Jericho. The Jews have mortally hurt their victim’s soul, inflicted on it ten thousand wounds, and left it lying in the pit of ungodliness.[15]

Although I have only provided a few of the litany of examples available, anti-Semitic rhetoric permeated the very fabric of Christian history and was eventually the inspiration for the founder of the Protestant Church, Martin Luther, who told Protestant Christians that they would be at fault if they didn’t slaughter Jews. [16]

Further still, citing Luther’s own words from his polemic, On the Jews and their Lies, and the work of one of Luther’s biographers, Robert Michael, who documented various speeches spewed into the ears of Luther’s listeners, we suffer the following racist profanities:

“…the Jews are a base, whoring people, that is, no people of God, and their boast of lineage, circumcision, and law must be accounted as filth.” [17] They are full of the “devil’s faeces …which they wallow in like swine.” [18] The synagogue was a “defiled bride, yes, an incorrigible whore and an evil slut …” [19] He argues that their synagogues and schools be set on fi re, their prayer books destroyed, rabbis forbidden to preach, homes razed, and property and money confiscated. They should be shown no mercy or kindness, [20] afforded no legal protection, [21] and these “poisonous envenomed worms” should be drafted into forced labor or expelled for all time. [22]

In Louis A. Ruprecht Jr’s This Tragic Gospel – How John Corrupted the Heart of Christianity, he remarks on the similarity between Luther’s hatred of the Jews and the racist rhetoric of John’s gospel, saying:

First, then, to his declaration of war on Jews, Luther ’s evolving anti-Semitism is legendary and assuredly represents one of the darkest chapters in this polemicist ’ s long career. Luther argues against the Jews precisely as John’s Jesus did. [23]

Having successfully connected the anti-Semitism of John to the founder of the Protestant Church, all we need do now is establish a connection between Luther’s racism and Hitler’s.

To confirm this association, I call upon the testimony of the former Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, William Inge.  The late Dean said of the atrocities committed by Hitler and his Nazi Party:

“If we wish to find a scapegoat on whose shoulders we may lay the miseries which Germany has brought on the world, I am more and more convinced that the worst evil genius of that country, is not Hitler or Bismarck or Frederick the Great, but Martin Luther.” [24]

But this is just one learned man’s opinion, right?  Wrong. Numerous scholars and commentators have remarked on the Lutheran origin of Hitler’s anti-Semitism, no less Hitler himself:

The great protagonists are those who fight for their ideas and ideals despite the fact that they receive no recognition at the hands of their contemporaries. They are the men whose memories will be enshrined in the hearts of the future generations….To this group belong not only the genuinely great statesmen but all the great reformers as well. Beside Frederick the Great we have such men as Martin Luther and Richard Wagner. [25]

Despite the overwhelming evidence that Hitler and his Nazi Party were heavily influenced by Martin Luther’s anti-Semitic teachings, and the present consensus amongst historical scholars, which rests upon this mountain of evidence,[26] a handful of Christian scholars have sought in vain to draw petty distinctions between Hitler’s anti-Semitism and Martin Luther’s.

Martin Brecht, for example, argued that there was a vast difference between Hitler’s anti-Semitism and Martin Luther’s. For Luther, Brecht argued, the rejection of Christ was the significant source of contempt, whereas for Hitler it was purely racial. [27]  Yet such hollow distinctions are washed away not only by the wealth of evidence indicating the Nazi’s admiration for Luther, but the direct influence that Christian anti-Semitism had on Hitler and his Christian Nazi Party.

Notwithstanding his honesty, the good Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral was too short-sighted to see, lest admit, that the roots of violent anti-Semitism didn’t begin with Martin Luther, but in the very building blocks of his beloved religion.  Was he ignorant of the vile and racist words of Justin Martyr, John Chrysostom and the majority of bigoted Christian fathers, who all railed against the Jews with the ferocious fervour of Hitler himself?  Did he not read of the atrocities committed by St. Cyril of Alexandria in the fifth century that saw Jewish families put to the sword?  Surely he had read of the Crusaders’ barbarism toward the Jews along the road to their bloodthirsty war with the equally bloodthirsty Muslims of the eleventh and twelfth centuries, and all of the countless anti-Semitic edicts enunciated by Church councils throughout the centuries, edicts all based upon the very foundations of a rotten and racist religion.

Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.                               Matthew 8:17-20

Presented in the illuminating light of its proper historical context, one can see that the rotten fruit of Nazi anti-Semitism was, at least in large part, born from Hitler’s conviction in his Lord and saviour, Jesus Christ, and the poisonous tree of the anti-Semitic Christian religion.  You may, as much as you wish, continue to assert that Hitler was an atheist, but may not do so with assistance of any kind of rational, available or tangible evidence, for such evidence eviscerates such a ridiculous claim, and evidence, although representing the theist’s most feared and despised enemy, is the root of reason and truth and truthfully speaking, Hitler was a devout Christian, right down to his brutal slaughtering of the “Christ-killing” Jews.

References

  1. Max Domarus & Patrick Romane. The Essential Hitler: Speeches and Commentary. Bolchazy-Carducci. (2007). P. 499.
  2. Adolf Hitler. Speech in Berlin. October 24, 1933.
  3. Norman H. Baynes.  The Speeches of Adolf Hitler. Vol.1. Oxford University Press (1942). pp. 19-20.
  4. Adolf Hitler. Mein Kampf. Hurst and Blackett Ltd. (1939). p. 275.
  5. Ibid240.
  6. Susannah Heschel. The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany. Princeton University Press. (2008) Chapter 3: Projects of the Institute.
  7. Michael Sherlock. I Am Christ: The Crucifixion – Painful Truths. Charles River Press. (2012). p. 182.
  8. Stanley E. Porter. Dictionary of Biblical Criticism and Interpretation. Routledge (2007). p. 182.
  9. Lance Byron Richey. Roman Imperial Ideology and the Gospel of John. The Catholic Biblical Association of America. (2007). p. 63.
  10. Robert Kysar. Voyages in John – Charting the Fourth Gospel. Baylor University Press. (2005). p. 147.
  11. p. 153.
  12. The Apostlic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus. Justin Martyr (trans. Philip Schaff ) Ignatius Epistle to the Ephesians. Chapter 11. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. p. 107.
  13. Ibid; Justin Martyr Dialogue with Trypho; Chapter 17. p. 320.
  14. Philip Schaff . Nicene and Post Nicene Fathers: 212: Leo the Great & Gregory the Great. Christian Classics Ethereal Library. (1885). p. 317.
  15. John Chrysostom. Homily 8:3.10.
  16. Luther, Martin. On the Jews and Th eir Lies, cited in Michael. Robert. “Luther, Luther Scholars, and the Jews,” Encounter 46 (Autumn 1985) No. 4:343-344.
  17. Luther, Martin. On the Jews and Their Lies, 154, 167, 229, cited in Michael, Robert. Holy Hatred: Christianity, Antisemitism, and the Holocaust. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006, p. 111.
  18. p. 113.
  19. p. 112.
  20. Michael, Robert. Luther, Luther Scholars, and the Jews, Encounter 46:4, (Autumn 1985). p. 342.
  21. p. 343.
  22. Luther, Martin. On the Jews and Their Lies, cited in Michael. Robert. Luther, Luther Scholars, and the Jews, Encounter 46 (Autumn 1985) No. 4:343-344.
  23. Louis A. Rupercht Jr. This Tragic Gospel – How John Corrupted the Heart of Christianity. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2008). p. 166.
  24. William R. Inge. Church of England Newspaper. August 4, 1944: cited in; Peter F. Wiener. Martin Luther-Hitler’s Spiritual Ancestor. Amer Atheist Press. (1999). inside cover.
  25. Adolf Hitler. Mein Kampf. Hurst and Blackett Ltd. (1939). p. 171.
  26. Ronald Berger. Fathoming the Holocaust: A Social Problems Approach. Aldine De Gruyter. (2002). p.28; Paul Lawrence Rose. Revolutionary Antisemitism in Germany from Kant to Wagner. Princeton University Press. (1990); quoted in Berger. p. 28; Paul JohnsonA History of the Jews. HarperCollins Publishers. (1987). p. 242; Leon PoliakovHistory of Anti-Semitism: From the Time of Christ to the Court Jews. University of Pennsylvania Press. (2003). p. 216; Michael BerenbaumThe World Must Know. Johns Hopkins University Press and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. (1993, 2000). pp. 8–9.
  27. Martin Brecht. Martin Luther: The Preservation of the Church. Vol. 3. 1532-1546. Fortress Press. (1999). p. 351.

18 thoughts on “Refuting the Atheist-Hitler Myth

  1. “Gott Mit Uns” is all I ever have to say when someone tries this malarkey with me. I sometimes even bring up an image of the belt buckle when explaining the translation.

  2. I think one of the strongest arguments against Hitler’s supposed atheism is the story of the German Freethinker’s League. The Wikipedia article about it is so short that I can reproduce it here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Freethinkers_League

    The German Freethinkers League (‘Deutscher Freidenkerbund’) was an organisation founded in 1881 by the materialist philosopher, and physician Ludwig Büchner, to oppose the power of the state churches in Germany. Its aim was to provide a public meeting-ground and forum for materialist and atheist thinkers in Germany.

    By 1885 the group had 5,000 members. The first organization of its sort founded in Germany, by 1930 the German Freethinkers League had a membership numbering some 500,000. The League was closed down in the spring of 1933, when Hitler outlawed all atheistic and freethinking groups in Germany. Freethinkers Hall, the national headquarters of the League, was then converted to a bureau advising the public on church matters.

  3. This is an excellent article for showing Hitler was indeed a christian, but the argument can be refuted much easier. Simply put, at that time, most Germans were christian. Hitler’s beliefs become kind of moot when almost the entire country supported him and his dirty deeds.

  4. More Hitler Quotes:

    I am now, as before, a Catholic, and will always remain so.

    I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator.

    What we have to fight for is the necessary security for the existence and increase of our race and people, the subsistence of its children and the maintenance of our racial stock unmixed, the freedom and independence of the Fatherland; so that our people may be enabled to fulfill the mission assigned to it by the Creator.

    I had so often sung Deutschland über Alles and shouted Heil at the top of my lungs, that it seemed to me almost a belated act of grace to be allowed to stand as a witness in the divine court of the eternal judge and proclaim the sincerity of this conviction.

  5. A fantastic article that was well written. I just have one comment to make: atheism is NOT, or at least not simply, “a lack of belief in gods” (a definition that would also fit agnosticism). One can only lack belief in things one has never heard of or know anything about. Atheism is a positive belief that God does not exist, or a disbelief that God does (the latter being the definition of atheism according to the Oxford English Dictionary). Therefore, atheism involves a presence of belief regarding God’s ontological status; describing it as a “lack of belief” is at best incomplete, at worst just wrong.

    The above notwithstanding, an excellent article that dispels the myth that Hitler was an atheist. Even if he was, Hitler was also a vegetarian – doesn’t make vegetarianism wrong!

  6. Matthew 12:33 “You can tell a tree by its fruit” 35: “Good people from the store of good produce good; and evil people from their store of evil produce evil”.

    I agree it is wrong to link despotic regimes to atheism, but you seem also to be committing the same error.

    By Hitler’s fruit we can say he was not a Christian. Hitler was Hitler and a Nazi.

    Real Christians also suffered under Hitler:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietrich_Bonhoeffer

  7. I cannot read this and believe that you actually mean all this. I am nominally christian but that’s pretty much it. But whatever is in the bible or not, does not mean christianity is antisemitic, it means some tosspots writing the books of the bible potentially were. The big yin himself preached nothing but love and tolerance! (had he existed obviously). Some of your phraseology is quite disturbing (poisonous tree of the anti-semitic christrian religion) showing a deep seated hatred on your part, let alone hitlers or anyone elses. I find it quite worrying you can ascribe anti semitism to an entire religion on the basis of some words in the bible, when most practising christians know that the bible is old fashioned, coloured by the views of those who wrote it, the time it was written, and that it needs to be interpreted in the light of modern society. You know all these things yet chose to write such an inflammatory blog…..and you have the cheek to call yourself a free thinker?

  8. Reblogged this on myatheistlife and commented:
    “…right down to his brutal slaughtering of the “Christ-killing” Jews.”

    I think that sums this up pretty well but there is a lot of detail in there. Something to think about while the world is ablaze with thoughts of how violent Islam is.

    Let’s be clear, monotheism is violent … period. Let’s not focus only on the violence of fundamentalist Muslims because all the holy books of monotheism advocate violence, bigotry, hatred, genocidal thinking and numerous other kinds of morally reprehensible behaviors.

    For any moderate readers all I have to say is that unless and until you begin condemning the words of your own holy book this problem will never go away. It may take a hiatus now and then but it will always come back because it’s right there in the book.

    So, the moderate believer challenge: tell us all the bad parts of your holy book, the parts that you disagree with, the parts that you think should not be there.

    1. “Let’s be clear, monotheism is violent”

      I can’t agree with that – it is people who are violent. They use the “we worship the one true god and everything else is evil and deserving of death” argument.

      Monotheists should accept that all are worshipping the same one god – just that god has many different expressions in different cultures. It depends on our own realization, but to also be tolerant of others.

      I don’t think God ever demanded circumcision – just that was the personal preference of someone in antiquity. It is a barbaric practice. But as a metaphor of a mark of a true believer, such a believer should be known for purity of heart and acceptance and tolerance of others, even when they are wrong and have hurt you.

      1. If YHWH didn’t want circumcision he had EVERY opportunity to say so, instead he wrote it down for everyone. If you’re going to pick and choose what parts of the texts you want to believe this presents a problem for anyone believing anything else that you believe.

        If your god is the same god as other monotheists worship, why did he not give everyone the same words? An omniscient god would know how much trouble that it would cause to appear to be two or more different gods. If your god is omniscient then it can only be concluded that your god wanted the divisions and strife and killing and hate. Your god’s a helluva guy. In fact, given your desired beliefs it looks exactly like the one god really loves him some burning flesh, death, and mayhem. Kill sinners, kill non-believers, kill the people I let occupy your land and so on. If there is only one god with many faces then we must kill that god. It has caused more pain, misery, and death than any form of evil has.

        How many times did your god tell Muslims to kill others? How many times did your god tell Jews to kill others? Oh right, you don’t believe those parts of the holy texts.

  9. I guess it depends on the term “Christian” and “atheism” because for the Nazi’s, they had a penchant for rephrasing things. For example, when I think of Christianity, I think of Bonhoeffer’s Christianity with it’s foundational doctrines of original sin, the cross as a means of salvation, etc, grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Hitler’s Christianity is what scholars call “positive Christianity” and denounces all those above, and basically mixes it with Arryan supremacy, atheism (by that a term I mean pure science and reason apart from any supernatural workings), and Neitzche’s uberman. So we have the Barmen Declaration which opposes the German Socialist Party’s re-making of Protestantism. I guess it is who is writing the article too. I mean, one could argue that Thomas Jefferson was a Christain because he wrote is own Bible, and one could argue that Thomas Jefferson was NOT a Christian because, well, he wrote his own Bible.

  10. p.s. I also think it would be helpful to understand Hitler’s Christianity by studying his party’s official recognized declarative on the issue, Alfred Rosenberg.

  11. The Jews continue to keep the memory of WW2 alive because they make $$$ off portraying Nazi Germany as being evil. Communists have killed millions more than what Nazi Germany ever did. Not saying what Nazi Germany did was right but there has yet to be any evidence of the holocaust. They were work camps and even non-Jews were sent there. Hitler was looking out for Germany and the German people. Now look at it today. Germany’s leaders prefer supporting an “Alien” religion out of state in the form of Islam. Illegal refugees pouring over from the middle east in a war created by Zionist Jews and Neocons. Makes you wonder.

  12. I too am an atheist. Unfortunately, so was Hitler.

    This article fails to recognize Hitler’s duplicitous life. Although their is strong evidence that much of Hitler’s public dialogue and policy was distinctly Christian, the man himself led a secret life. He repressed atheism and hid his own because he recognized the fanatic effect Christianity had in his national socialism. To him, atheism was for thinkers, and Christianity was for the public.

    His dedication to the proposition “Gott ist Tot” was so great that he weekly sent flowers to the surviving family of Nietzsche.

    Hitler’s personal beliefs really don’t matter though; perhaps a path better than the indictment of his character would be an indictment of the social forces he set into motion.

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